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Tanks At Facility Where Spill Occurred "Not Necessarily" In Compliance Months Before Incident

Reported: Feb. 10, 2014 5:21 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 10, 2014 5:27 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A federal safety official said tanks at the facility that spilled chemicals into 300,000 West Virginians' water supply were deemed "not necessarily" in compliance with standards months before the leak.

U.S. Chemical Safety Board Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso told a congressional panel Monday that Freedom Industries ordered its own review of its tanks last October.

Environmental consultants found storage units at the Charleston location were "not necessarily" in full compliance with Environmental Protection Agency and industry standards.

Moure-Eraso also said the tank that spilled was rested on porous gravel and soil. A last resort containment wall wasn't lined and provided little protection.

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is holding a hearing on the spill Monday in Charleston.

The chemicals that spilled were deemed "non-hazardous" and aren't regulated under federal law.

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